Respecting his wishes, family members informed Speaker Judi Won Patâ€™s office of the late senatorâ€™s decision. Duenas will be interred at the Guam Memorial Park in Leyan, Barrigada immediately following the mass.
Born Oct. 17, 1930, Duenas, 78, passed away early Monday morning, Aug. 31, on a plane that was transporting him to Anaheim, CA for medical treatment.
Duenas was a patient at the Guam Memorial Hospital for a week before he was transported off-island.
An hour before the plane was to land, Duenas suffered a heart attack. He was accompanied by his wife Ling, son Tommy and brother Dr. Vicente Duenas, according to Variety files.
Duenas was the running mate of Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordalloâ€™s bid for governor in 1990. Duenas was also the treasurer of Sen. Frank Aguon Jr.â€™s political campaigns.
Duenas was a charter member of the Government of Guam Employees Federal Credit Union. In 1962, Duenas and 18 other government of Guam employees deposited $250 in assets. The GGEFCU has since experienced major growth and has increased its assets substantially.
Duenas dedicated 28 years of his life and energy as a public servant. At one time, he held the position as chief accountant and auditor for the Department of Administation, was the board chairman of the Guam Housing Corporation; was vice president of financial affairs at the University of Guam; and served as a senator in the Guam Legislature from 1971 to 1978.
Duenas is survived by his wife, Rosario Perez Duenas; sons Joseph, Daniel, Anthony and Thomas; and daughters Gerardlyn, Carina, Marcella and Julienne, and numerous grand children and great grand children.